Recently we have commented on the increasing militancy of atheists, who have published a number of best-selling books attacking Christianity and promoting the benefits of skepticism (see here and here).
Atheist Karl Reitz has taken his fellow atheists to task, arguing that their campaign to debunk faith could end up opening the door to far more misery than religion has ever created.
Even if the secular authors’ ire is well-justified, we are never going to live in a world in which the vast majority of people don’t have faith in something, whether that something is God or Government. As an atheist I feel much less threatened by someone who is willing to put off perfection by relegating it to another place than I do by someone who thinks they can create it here and now. In other words, I think that the chance that a religion will “poison everything” is indirectly proportional to the length of time the proponents of the religion think it will take to perfect this world. Therefore, nothing scares me more than the demagogue who promises to immediately do just that. Without traditional religion, I think we would have a lot of demagogues in this mold.